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Celtic’s Jonathan Afolabi Hails Influence of ‘Real Leader’ Leigh Griffiths

Celtic’s Jonathan Afolabi Hails Influence of ‘Real Leader’ Leigh Griffiths

Celtic winger Jonathan Afolabi has lavished praise on striker Leigh Griffiths – insisting the Hoops striker is one of the club’s ‘real’ out-and-out leaders.

Afolabi arrived at the Hoops in August 2019 after being released by English Premier League side Southampton, and is still waiting to make his top-team bow for the Scottish Champions.

The 20-year-old will now spend the rest of the season on-loan at Championship side Dunfermline Athletic, where he hopes to get enough game time under his belt to challenge for a regular first-team spot with Neil Lennon’s men next season.

And the Republic of Ireland youth international has paid tribute to Griffiths after the pair played alongside each other for the Celtic reserve team earlier in the campaign.

Griffiths has since returned to the Hoops senior side, and has scored twice in three games since the winter break, and speaking via the Sun, Afolabi said: “Leigh Griffiths is someone who has been a massive help in my time with Celtic. Every time he trained with the reserves, he would still have that level of intensity and quality.

“He was still sharp, he would speak to me and keep me in line. We’re both forwards and he is a great person to learn from.

“Leigh is a real leader. I still remember one reserves’ game when we played against Motherwell and I scored – but on the way back in at half-time he was still telling me things and giving me bits of advice on how to catch the manager’s eye.

“That’s why you want to be at a club like Celtic in the long-term. Learning from the best can only improve me and make me better.

“He has just got back into the team, is scoring goals again and I’m really happy for him.

“There is a lot of responsibility playing at Celtic. They basically need to win every game they play and the fans expect that from them.

“It’s good to be part of a club with those expectations and demands.”

What do you think of the youngster’s comments?

And do you think Griffiths perhaps has what it takes to be a Celtic or Scotland captain in the future?

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